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SECTION I. Oliver and his First Parliament: Sept. 3, 1654-

Jan. 22, 1654-5.-Meeting of the First Parliament of the Protec-

torate : Its Composition : Anti-Oliverians numerous in it: Their

Four Days' Debate in challenge of Cromwell's Powers : Debate

stopped by Cromwell: His Speech in the Painted Chamber :

Secession of some from the Parliament: Acquiescence of the

rest by Adoption of The Recognition : Spirit and Proceedings of

the Parliament still mainly Anti-Oliverian : Their Four Months'

Work in Revision of the Protectoral Constitution: Chief Debates

in those Four Months : Question of the Protector's Negatives :

Other Incidental Work of the Parliament: Question of Religious

Toleration and of the Suppression of Heresies and Blasphemies :

Committee and Sub-Committee on this Subject; Baxter's Par-

ticipation : Tendency to a Limited Toleration only, and Vote

against the Protector's Prerogative of more : Case of John Biddle,

the Socinian.-Insufficiency now of our former Synopsis of

English Sects and Heresies : New Sects and Denominations :

The Fifth-Monarchy Men : The Ranters : The Muggletonians

and other Stray Fanatics : Boehmenists and other Mystics :

The Quakers or Friends : Account of George Fox, and Sketch

of the History of the Quakers to the year 1654.–Policy of the

Parliament with their Bill for a New Constitution : Parliament

outwitted by Cromwell and dissolved : No Result .... 4

SECTION II. Between the Parliaments, or the Time of Arbitrari-

ness : Jan. 22, 1654-55-Sept. 17, 1656.- Avowed “Arbi-

trariness” of this Stage of the Protectorate, and Reasons for it.

--First Meeting of Cromwell and his Council after the Dissolu-

tion : Major-General Overton in Custody : Other Arrests :

Suppression of a wide Republican Conspiracy and of Royalist

Risings in Yorkshire and the West: Revenue Ordinance and

Mr. Cony's Opposition at Law: Deference of Foreign Govern-

ments : Blake in the Mediterranean : Massacre of the Pied-

montese Protestants : Details of the Story and of Cromwell's

Proceedings in consequence : Penn in the Spanish West Indies :

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His Repulse from Hispaniola and Landing in Jamaica : Decla-

ration of War with Spain and Alliance with France : Scheme of

the Government of England by Major-Generals : List of them

and Summary of their Police-System : Decimation Tax on the

Royalists, and other Measures in terrorem : Consolidation of

the London Newspaper Press : Proceedings of the Commission

of Ejectors and of the Commission of Triers : View of Cromwell's

Established Church of England, with Enumeration of its various

Components: Extent of Toleration outside the Established

Church : The Protector's Treatment of the Roman Catholics,

the Episcopalians, the Anti-Trinitarians, the Quakers, and the

Jews : State of the English Universities and Schools under the

Protectorate : Cromwell's Patronage of Learning : List of Eng-

lish Men of Letters alive in 1656, and Account of their Diverse

Relations to Cromwell : Poetical Panegyrics on him and his

Protectorate.-New Arrangements for the Government of Scot-

land : Lord Broghill's Presidency there for Cromwell : General

State of the Country: Continued Struggle between the Reso-

lutioners and the Protesters for Kirk-Supremacy: Independency

and Quakerism in Scotland : More Extreme Anomalies there :

Story of “Jock of Broad Scotland": Brisk Intercourse between

Scotland and London : Mission of Mr. James Sharp.-Ireland

from 1654 to 1656.-Glimpse of the Colonies . . . . . .

Section III. Oliver and the First Session of his Second Parlia-

ment: Sept. 17, 1656-June 26, 1657.- Second Parliament

of the Protectorate called : Vane's Healing Question and another

Anti-Oliverian Pamphlet : Precautions and Arrests : Meeting

of the Parliament: Its Composition : Summary of Cromwell's

Opening Speech : Exclusion of Ninety-three Anti-Oliverian

Members : Decidedly Oliverian Temper of the rest : Question

of the Excluded Members: Their Protest : Summary of the

Proceedings of the Parliament for Five Months (Sept. 1656—

Feb. 1656-7): Administration of Cromwell and his Council

during those Months : Approaches to Disagreement between

Cromwell and the Parliament in the Case of James Nayler and

on the Question of Continuation of the Militia by Major-

Generals : No Rupture.—The Sesby-Sindercombe Plot.—Sir

Christopher Pack's Motion for a New Constitution (Feb. 23,

1656-7): Its Issue in the Petition and Advice and Offer of the

Crown to Cromwell : Division of Public Opinion on the King-

ship Question : Opposition among the Army Officers : Crom-

well's Neutral Attitude : His Reception of the Offer : His long

Hesitations and several Speeches over the Affair: His Final

Refusal (May 8, 1657): Ludlow's Story of the Cause.-Harrison

and the Fifth-Monarchy Men: Venner's Outbreak at Mile-End-

Green.- Proposed New Constitution of the Petition and Advice

retained in the form of a Continued Protectorate : Supplements

to the Petition and Advice : Bills assented to by the Protector,

June 9 : Votes for the Spanish War.–Treaty Offensive and

Defensive with France against Spain : Dispatch of English

Auxiliary Army, under Reynolds, for Service in Flanders :

Blake's Action in Santa Cruz Bay.-“ Killing no Murder":

Additional and Explanatory Petition and Advice : Abstract of

the Articles of the New Constitution as arranged by the two

Documents : Cromwell's completed Assent to the New Consti-

tution, and his Assent to other Bills, June 26, 1657 : Inaugura-

tion of the Second Protectorate that day: Close of the First

Session of the Second Parliament . . . . . . . . . .

II. Milton's Life and Secretaryship through the First Protectorate

continued : September 1654–June 1657.- SECTION I. : From

September 1654 to January 1654-5, or Through Oliver's First

Parliament.—Ulac's Hague Edition of Milton's Defensio Se-

cunda, with the Fides Publica of Morus annexed : Preface by

Dr. Crantzius to the Reprint: Ulac's own Preface of Self-

Defence : Account of Morus's Fides Publica, with Extracts :

His Citation of Testimonies to his Character: Testimony of

Diodati of Geneva : Abrupt Ending of the Book at this point,

with Ulac's Explanation of the Cause.- Particulars of the

Arrest and Imprisonment of Milton's Friend Overton.—Three

more Latin State-Letters by Milton for Oliver (Nos. XLIX.-

LI.): No State-Letters by Milton for the next Three Months :

Milton then busy on a Reply to the Fides Publica of Morus

II. SECTION II. : From January 1654-5 to September 1656, or

Through the Period of Arbitrariness.— Letter to Milton from

Leo de Aitzema : Milton's Reply : Letter to Ezekiel Spanheim

at Geneva: Milton's Genevese Recollections and Acquaint-

ances : Two more of Milton's Latin State-Letters (Nos. LII.,

LIII.): Small Amount of Milton's Despatch-Writing for Crom-

well hitherto.—Reduction of Official Salaries, and Proposal to

Reduce Milton's to £150 a Year: Actual Commutation of his

£288 a Year at Pleasure into £200 for Life : Orders of the

Protector and Council relating to the Piedmontese Massacre,

May 1655 : Sudden Demand on Milton's Pen in that Business :

His Letter of Remonstrance from the Protector to the Duke of

Savoy, with Ten other Letters to Foreign States and Princes on

the same Subject (Nos. LIV.-LXIV.): His Sonnet on the

Subject.-Publication of the Supplementum to More's Fides

Publica : Account of the Supplementum, with Extracts : Mil-

ton's Answer to the Fides Publica and the Supplementum

together in his Pro Se Defensio, Aug. 1655 : Account of that

Book, with Specimens : Milton's Disbelief in Morus's Denials

of the Authorship of the Regii Sanguinis Clamor : His Reasons,

and his Reassertions of the Charge in a Modified Form : His

Notices of Dr. Crantzius and Ulac: His Renewed Onslaughts

on Morus : His Repetition of the Bontia Accusation and others :

His Examination of Morus's Printed Testimonials : Ferocity of

the Book to the last : Its Effects on Morus.-Question of the

Real Authorship of the Regii Sanguinis Clamor and of the

Amount of Morus's Concern in it: The Du Moulin Family:

Dr. Peter Du Moulin the Younger the Real Author of the

Regii Sanguinis Clamor, but Morus the Active Editor and the

Writer of the Dedicatory Epistle : Du Moulin's own Account

of the whole Affair : His close Contact with Milton all the

while, and Dread of being found out.-Calm in Milton's Life

after the Cessation of the Morus-Salmasius Controversy : Home-

Life in Petty France : Dabblings of the Two Nephews in

Literature : John Phillips's Satyr against Hypocrites : Frequent

Visitors at Petty France : Marvell, Needham, Cyriack Skinner,

&c. : The Viscountess Ranelagh, Mr. Richard Jones, and the

Boyle Connexion : Dr. Peter Du Moulin in that Connexion :

Milton's Private Sonnet on his Blindness, his Two Sonnets to

Cyriack Skinner, and his Sonnet to young Lawrence : Explana-

tion of these Four Sonnets.-Scriptum Domini Protectoris

contra Hispanos : Thirteen more Latin State-Letters of Milton

for the Protector (No8. LXV.-LXXVII.), with Special Account

of Count Bundt and the Swedish Embassy in London : Count

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